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LAST CHANCE SPORTS THE PONCHATOULA TIMES, NOVEMBER 28, 1985, SEC. A, PAGE SIX Rebels nip Wave 10-7 in Shrimp B000wl Classic By GORDON FENNY BILOXi, MISS. -- Ponchatoula's 10- 7 loss to Harrison Central in the 46th annual Shrimp Bowl Classic here last Friday night left coach Syd Wilkinson with something to smile about. It was the performance of sophomore , quarterback Carl Disher making his first start of the season. Filling in for Asa Faulkner, who broke his right hand late in the first half of the Green Wave's 20- 13 overtime victoru over Hammond in the last regularly scheduled ame of the season, Disher's performance earned him Ponchatoula's most valuable offensive back award from the Shrimp Bowl Classic committee. On the night, the 6-0, 151-pound Disher completed 11 of 20 for 136 yards despite having four intercepted, and rushed impressively for valuable yardage when needed. "That was an excellent performance tonight by Carl," stated Wilkinson as he fielded questions from reporters following the game in Biloxi's hurricane- torn Municipal Stadium. "He directed our attack against a heckuva defensive team. That was the best defense we've played against all season." The playing field, itself, was in surprisingly exce!lent shape despite the senior defensive back Reegan Hall proved to be the downfall of the Wave in the first half. Both teams were evenly matched going into the game, sporting identical 7-3 records overall and 3-2 in their respective districts. Harrison Central, which competed in District VIll Class AAA.AA, ended its season in second place behind Moss Point (6-3, 5-0) while finishing second behind Picayune with a 21.3 points-per-game scoring average, and tying the Maroon Tide in scoring defense with a 9.7 ppg allowed. The Green Wave finished its season in third place behind Bogalusa and Slidell in District 13-AAAA competition and failed to gain a wildcard playoff bid in state playoffs. Ponchatoula finally found its scoring legs at the 5:04 mark of the fourth quarter after Disher had teamed with runningback Clem McKay to march the Wave to the Rebels' one yard line. From there, Henry Powell, who averaged over 100 yards per game in the regular season, but who was held to just 43 yards in 14 carries by a stingy Harrison Central defense, plunged over for the touchdown. Powell's conversion attempt was good, and the Rebels lead was cut to 10-7. Unfortunately for the Wave, that's we couldn't have given each lineman an award." "l'm really happy that we were able to have the game tonight, and I'm very happy with the support it received, especially from the Ponchatoula fans," continued Creech. "That was quite some turnout for the game. We had contemplated cancelling it because of the hurricane, but l'm glad we didn't. It was a super contest." With one half of the stadium maintenance work force employed by the local utilities commission, which was kept busy due to power outages in the community, workers were forced to work overtime to get the field in shape for the game. "All of the workers are to be commended for the work they put into getting the field into the fine shape it was in tonight," stated Creech. "They weren't able to get everything done, but the field was in top playing condition.'" For Wilkinson, the game provided him with an insight into just how really well his defense could perform. "Our defense allowed Harrison Central only one trip into our end zone," commented Wilkinson, "and they can feel very proud of themselves. That was a tough team out there tonight and they held it to less than one halt of its offensive scoring average. Our guys bent a little but they didn't break. It was heckuva effort." The Wave mentor also alluded to the fact that Ponchatoula went into the game with a two-week layoff after defeating Hammond, while Harrison Central played last week against Biloxi, and to the fact that he was without his starting quarterback in the lineup. EXTRA POINTS: It was the first visit to the Shrimp Bowl Classic for Poncha- toula, while the Rebels were making their second appearance in the past seven games. Harrison Central defeated St. Martin 15-0 in 1979. It was also the 14th time that a Louisiana high school has met a Missis- sippi school, with the Pelican State schools on the short end of a 6-8 record. In 1948, Baton Rouge High School beat Panama City 6-0 in a game which featured two out-of-state teams. The last Louisiana victory came in 1975 when Brother Martin whipped Gulfport East 42-13. The first win was recorded back in the fifth annual game when lstrouma edged GCMA 47-40. Well over 1000 fans and members of Green Wave support groups made the trek to Biloxi to cheer on their team. uninvited presence of Hurricane Juan the way the score ended. along the Mississippi Gulf coast last Statistically, both teams were very month, but there was evidence of even with Harrison Central edging the damage to the score board and parts of Wave 217 yards to 214 overall, and the stands. The press box on the showing a 115-78 edge in rushing visitor s side of the field had been blown yardage. Ponchatoula picked up 136 from its foundation, with only a few yards passing compared to the Rebels' pieces of metal piping protruding from a 102. Green Wave quarterback CarIDisher Disher played an excellent game concrete slab as mute evidence of its The Green Wave picked up 12 first was the recipient of the award as the according to Pgnchatoula coach Syd previous existence, downs to Centrars nine, and was most outstanding offensive back on the' Wilkinson despite a 10-7 loss to the The Rebels opened the scoring on assessed 45 yards on six penalties visiting team in the 46th annual Shrimp Harrison CentraI Rebels. their second possession when junior compared to seven penalties for 65 Bowl Classic last Friday in Biloxi, Miss. (Times photo by Gordon Fenny) quarterback Chris Pettis rolled wide to yards for the Rebels. Ponchatoula his right and fired a 47-yard scoring recovered one of two fumbles by its W 11 db kt i strike to his favorite receiver, Buster opponents, while fumbling once and ave ro e ac w ce Brown. James Hammett added the recoveringit. extra point and the Rebels led 7-0 with Joe Frazier was selected as Poncha- When Steve Grigas sat down before eight points, while Brad Watts tossed in less than seven minutes gone in the toulas best defensive lineman, while the start of the current high school four. Chris Picou led all scorers with game. , Shawn Manchette, another defensive  Bra ...... ...$119.95 | SX3000...$119.95 E basketball season to assess his team s nine for the winners. Perils, selected the game s MMP, later lineman, received the award as the best  W. J149.95 chances, he emphasized that the1985- The Salmen game was a blowout directed a second-quarter drive which defensive back. Shane Bush was [ MGI..,.iI ...." Z'4,9S I I 780VHF....JlI'9.95 t young, inexperienced and not 26-3 by the end of the first quarter and the toe of Hammett and a l0-0 half- "We were so impressed with the ptay t LO,.OQIo ! LOd'lCF- disciplined to the team-concept type of could never regroup, time lead. of the Green Wave that we awarded game which he wantsit to play, Salmen extended its lead to 46-13 by The Wave mounted several potential Manchette the trophy otherwise Q,; Allof this was plainly evident during the half, and scored another 18 points scoring threats during the first 24 designated for a defensive back, said . ! ........ ,,,,.00 -- the Wave s first two outings, as the to take a 64-20 lead into the final minutes of the game, but Centrat'sr Mark Creech,,chairman of the Shrimp Green and White dropped a 29-30 quarter, tough defense came up with big plays to Bowl Classic. ' The entire line played an X-15A ............ -$575.00 decision to Trafton Academy of Baton There were few bright spots for stall the drives. Three interceptions by outstanding game. and it's too bad that Rouge in the Walker Jamboree to open Grigas and his charges in the game, but D v=- the season' and then was trampied 72- the Wave mentr was pleased t nte E d yl k j i I 30 by the Salmen Spartans at Slidell last that his players had improved over their r e oo s to un ors HummlngBirdLCR4000 ............. S299.95 I week. previous outing. ' This is the first vear for many of my Our play has definitely improved 1 d D gs' a k ! 35; O" ........ S1-TexFLS / players, and they are not disciplined to during the past few days, and the the style of game which i want them to players are beginning to handle the to ea o ttac 8 play,' stated Grigas. "They re young pressure a li, le better," said Grigas. I dOg Off[ ....... Ducks ack Seats / and inexperienced for the most-part, "They were out-manned by the Coach Mark Erdey and his Springfield Sumner, the defending district but hopefully they learn as they go Spartans, but,their discipline has I l Off ...... Co B / along, it will be a long year for this improved a little.' Bulldogs, still smarting from last year's champions bytwo pointsat Sumner.' i 95 leman oat Products team, and I hope that the players won't The addition of Otis Cooper, Clem 84-82 double-overtime lossto Plaisance In addition to his starters, Erdey will get discouraged easily, I certainly hope McKay and Carl Disher to the lineup in the StateAA second-round playoffs, have juniors Kenny Lewis and Andre I -- tAKEIPE MARE / -- that the fans will bear with us and try to after the football season ends will are a strong threat to walk off with first Ashton, and sophomores Heath Savoy understand what we are doing with our definitely add experience and poise to place in 10-AA competition in the and Pete Turnage off the bench in 1985-86season. backup positions. His freshman crop program." Grigas squad, and will allow him to With only one senior on the roster, includes Judy Fekete, Kendrick I I / 545077000 if there has been one glaring fault play seven or eight players who know Erdey returns four starting juniors, Williams, Glen Richardson, Darrell with the Wave's performances to date, it his system and who feel comfortable in including Charles Tucker, who scored Davis and Jeff Peters.  OEISONLAJI(r  I has been the inability to stay out of foul it. 31 points in the loss to Piaisance while On the distaff side, first-year coach Wost Club Deluxe Dr. Hammond, la trouble. In the Trafton game, the Tigers went to the foul line 14 times while The Green Wave made nary a trip. The Tigers connected on nine of their attempts, the margin of difference in the score. Johnny Alexander, who is expected to carry a fair share of the load for Ponchatoula this season, fouled out with less than five minutes remaining in the mini-game and was held scoreless. Mike Puoh led the Wave scorer with "The absence of three key players to his starting lineup has hurt us so far, and with them in the game, it will give us more depth and experience to be competitive," stated Grigas. "We will improve, but we also have a lot of youth and inexperience on the team." Gerald Hills led all Ponchatoula scorers with 12 points, while Joe Neal and Pugh, both of whom experienced foul trouble early against the Spartans, contributed x and four points velv. JERUSALEM TEMPLE'S I ST ANNUAL SHRINE CIRCUS "'THE CIRCUS WITH A PURPOSE" Produced by Hanneford Enterprises UNIVERSITY CENTER THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5TH ........ 7:30 p.m. GENERAL ADMISSION SEATING ADULTS ........................................ $S.00 CHILDREN ..................................... S2.SO COUPONS PURCHASED THRU PHONE BANK ARE VALID AT THE DOOR--NO REDEMPTION NEEDED being benched for the entire first quarter. Now in his fourth year at the Bulldogs' helm, Erdey will look to Darrell Rheams, the only senior, and juniors Dwayne Davis, Bart Kennedy, Troy White, and Chris White to lead the Springfield assault on its district crown. Erdey would like to see his charges repeat the performance of Greg Williams' squad which won the State AA title in 1982. "We have the nucleus of a strong team again this year," said Erdey, who guided the Bulldogs to a 24-9 overall record last year and a 7-1 in district competition. "Our only loss came at the hands of Doyle, continued the Dogs' mentor, but we did manage to defeat Luke Catalanatto and assistant.coach Gay Ernst, will have a tough task trying to mold a competitive team around just one senior, junior and sophomore. The Lady Bulldogs, who finished last season with an 8-13 record, return senior forward 'Sissy' Turnage, junior forward DeEtte Abels and sophomore Tricia Martin, and will look to a crop of freshman to try to form the nucleus of a contender within the next year or two. Those players making their initial appearance in a Springfield uniform include Jan Jubin, Holly Childers, Shannon Kinchen and Christi Waldens. Rounding out the rookie crop are Kalisha Phillips, Tebitha Fox and Angela Cooper. =" 'MONOGRAMS': O O O e o e o o Open Saturday Nov. 30th 10:00am-5:00pm O . SO O :: . yc.,,,/ru WE BUY & SELL coins, diamonds, gold, silver and bulli,,, 1507 S.W. Railroad Ave. - Hamlfiond. 542-6850 O qD OOOOOO0 O0 OOOOO0 OqL'00,D We Will Be Closed All Day on Thursday, Nov. 28th In the spirit and tradition of the very first Thanksgiving, let's celebrate this day shar- ing food and good feelings with dear friends and family. Ponchatoula Homestead Association 386-3370 195 N. Sixth St. Ponchatoula